(Gebara is the woman on the left.)
All the comments in parentheses are from our intrepid Senior Stringer (unpaid and it's gonna stay that way, but there's a glass of wine in your future, when Godde and the cosmos bring us together sometime), johnieb, who in the last few hours put this in the comments section above. I am only his electronic amanuensis (you wouldn't want me to stop using fancy words just because I happen to be in California, would you?) so the responsibility is his. (Besides which, I don't capitalize Capitalism.) I have corrected a few typos. And I have put in italics the sentences that appear to be johnieb's comments. Correct me where I err, bro.
Y'all Want Some More Hot Sauce Wit Dem Beans and Rice, Doncha--Verde or Reg'lar? The Second Helping of the Theology Lecture Notes from Hartford Sem 06/06/07 Ivone Gebara
One of my special tasks is making inclusion. (OK, who could resist? What a bold and powerfully voiced insight! The gospel is simple, enough for children "God loves you and is with you." Ah, but the implications, no?)
We must remember: Theology itself is produced as a Capitalist commodity. (Look at your bookshelf, and deny. Or see the report on the Religious Booksellers event at Deirdre Good's blog, to the right; what? You want everything right here?)
All--women, the earth, society, men--is connected to all; to believe and act is difficult; the whole is fragile, and harmony of the parts is difficult to achieve. (A dynamic harmony is implied in several images later). There are many ways to repair this harmony in the world at all times; justice for women is such repair. (And also a blessed way of participating with God's Present Word in the Power of the HS? in historical time "For the time being: Zwischen den Zeiten." Luke-Acts.)
"Subject-Object" epistemology is an outmoded frame of reference for fruitful work; the new paradigm is wholistic/holistic (?), interdependent, done as praxis of participants (Who, Ms. Ecclesiologist?). Some theology has become a pollutant, which harms the whole/(holy?) body (Body of Christ and the Redeemed Creation.) Male domination, greed/competition are examples of the results of theological (Results?!) pollution.
Apartheid, especially in some churches (audience: growing chuckles), OK, you know which ones, especially of women is theological pollution. Correcting our theological anthropology (Androgynology?) cleans up cultural pollution of the Patriarchy and Capitalism: garbage (or the Philippians expression Paul uses, which even Fred Craddock admits means "sh*t", in his charming way. Capitalist Patriarchs! Yo S**T Stink!).
In theological s**t, God is assumed to be "super"natural. Who? What God is this? Our God is Immanent. (The first song, and first thing I remember learning in church, starts "Jesus loves the little children")
What was the Pope saying in Brazil, about "non-violence"? Theology is non-violent. ( I noted the visit was roughly contemporaneous, but no more; perhaps a more knowledgeable observer?) Does tradition need to be "re-interpreted"? ( I think "changed or junked"; call me "old radical", hmmph.) Unconsciously maintaining theological power is the face of pollution. (Has it been an advantage to be a woman as a theologian, in that the Face of Power wasn't paying attention to da Wymynzz! Tsk. Excuses never sound good from unsuccessful dictators. Speaking of which, when was the last time an ex-President didn't bother with a memoir? I digress.)
Theology must be more inclusive and locally meaningful; Universal (ontologically?) meaning must be expressed in local concrete ways: inclusion in Incarnation. This may mean digging deeply into the tradition to re-think the basics: tradition. Christology, etc.
Some questions perhaps towards a synthesis, remembering the traps come from Capitalism and Patriarchy, especially as they dominate women. (and the rest of reality, including gender/ identity sexual roles, as in TEC?)
(I kept thinking of Lettie Russell's reflections which I read more than twenty years ago *Household of Freedom*, and the Image of God/dess in Wisdom literature: the Divine Estate Manager. More I shall not say in public)
To follow, in Part the Third, coming up: "Whatch'all having for a dessert/ nightcap, Cher?"